Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

The World Games, which is owned by the International World games Association (IWGA), was established in 1979 by a number of International Federations of non-Olympic sports.

The sport of bowling has been included as a program sport in the World Games since the first issue of the games were held in 1981.

Originally bowling was permitted to send 48 athletes to the games, equally divided by 24 male and 24 female athletes, picked by 24 federations (8 from three Zone), each sending one man and one woman.

As of 2017 bowling is permitted to send 64 athletes, equally divided by 32 male and 32 female athletes, picked by 16 federations (5 from three Zone plus the host), each sending two men and 16 federations (again 5 from three Zone plus the host), each sending two women.

Before 2017 the athletes have competed in Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles. As of 2017 the athletes are competing in Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Men’s Doubles.

The 2017 issue of the World Games is held in the Polish City Wroclaw in the period of 20-30 July, with the bowling competitions scheduled for 20-24 July.

The medals in the bowling competition of the games were awarded as follows:

Women’s Singles
Gold:    Germany, represented by Laura Beuthner

Silver:  USA, represented by Kelly Kulich
Bronze:  Colombia, represented by Clara Guerrero

Men’s Singles
Gold:    Korea, represented by Young-Seon Cho

Silver:  Venezuela, represented by Ildemaro Ruiz
Bronze:  Germany, represented by Tobias Börding

Women’s Doubles
Gold:    Colombia, represented by Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo

Silver:  USA, represented by Kelly Kulich and Danielle McEwan
Bronze:  Mexico, represented by Sandra Gongora and Tannya Lopez

Men’s Doubles
Gold:    Canada, represented by Dan Macelland and Francois Lavoie

Silver:  Venezuela, represented by Ildemaro Ruiz and Massimiliano Fridegotto
Bronze:  Hong Kong, represented by Michael Mak and Siu Hong Wu

Click here to see the list of medalists in the World Games 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the World Games 2017

Pontus Andersson from Sweden captured his first tour stop title, when he won the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open by Erdinger in front of Richard Teece from England.

The tournament, which was conducted in Europe’s Bowling Mecca: Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, as the 7th stop in the European Bowling Tour 2017, had attracted 193 athletes, who competed for the 48 spots in the final steps played on 23 July.

40 athletes played 4 games from scratch in step 1, from where top 20 was combined with athletes positioned 5-8 in the qualification for another 4 games starting from scratch in step 2.

Top 12 from step 2 continued together with top 4 from the qualification in step 3, where 4 more games was played starting from scratch, followed by step 4, where top 8 from step 3 played 4 games with the 4 games pin fall from step 3 carried forward.

In step 5, the 4 best after the 8 games in step 3+4, added another game to a 9 gams total, which determined the two athletes playing the last game of the tournament in step 6, deciding the winner and the runner up over a total of 10 games played in step 3-6.

The following four players were qualified after the 2 X 4 games in Step 3 and 4:
1875: Pontus Andersson, Sweden
1768: Richard Teece, England
1699: Francois Louw, South Africa
1684: Dominic Barrett, England

Dominic Barrett and Francois Louw was eliminated in Step 4, which ended as follows:
2031: Pontus Andersson, Sweden (1875+156)
1997: Richard Teece, England (1768+229)
1938: Dominic Barrett, England (1684+254)
1911: Francois Louw, South Africa (1699+212)

And finally Pontus Andersson became the winner of the tournament:
2218: Pontus Andersson, Sweden (2031+187)
2198: Richard Teece, England (1997+201)

The top of the women’s division of the tour continued unchanged with Jenny Wegner from Sweden at position 1 with 535 points, Daphne Tan from Singapore at position 2 with 450 points and Cajsa Wegner from Sweden at position 3 with 405 points.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 522 points in front Dominic Barrett from England with 505 points and Martin Larsen from Sweden with 464 points.

For Pontus Andersson it was his second highest ranked position in the men’s division and the same became the case in the women’s division for Vanessa Timter from Germany, who ended at position 10 in the final tournament standing.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The ETBF Presidium has decided to award the hosting of the European Youth Championships 2020 to The Netherlands Bowling Federation.

The championships will be conducted on 4-13 April 2020 in Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg.

Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg, which had 20 lanes when it unfortunately burned down in 2016, is being rebuild on its original spot and will be reopened with 24 lanes.

The debut of Francois Lavoie at the European bowling scene became an overwhelming success, since he first won Stop 5 of the EBT 2017 in Madrid and afterwards won Stop 6 in San Marino; a not less than fantastic performance of the young Canadian bowler.

Dominic Barrett from England had before this year’s issue of Storm San Marino Open already a record series of three consecutive wins in San Marino in 2014, 2015 and 2016. And Barrett was definitely attending the 13th Storm San Marino Open, conducted on 8-16 July in Rose’n Bowl, with the intention to add a 4th consecutive win.

This was proven during the tournament, when Barrett qualified to the top 4 elimination final, so he surely had the chance to change the 3 consecutive titles in San Marino to 4, but there were other wishes among his colleagues at the lanes. But even then, we want to highlight Barrett’s performance in San Marino over four years as something extraordinary.

A successful number of 204 bowlers from not less than 28 federations took part in the tournament; and with the many top bowlers on board, it became a very competitive event.

48 players were qualified to the final steps of the tournament, which consisted of 3 steps including 32, 24 and 18 players, until the tournament was concluded by a 4 person’s elimination final. In the final, the lowest scoring player was eliminated after each game and the pin fall for remaining players carried forward to the next game.

The following four players were qualified after the 6 games in Step 3:
1412: Stuart Williams, England
1346: Lucas Legnani, Argentina
1346: Francois Lavoie, Canada
1345: Dominic Barrett, England

Dominic Barrett was eliminated in Round 1 of Step 4, which ended as follows:
257: Francois Lavoie, Canada
222: Stuart Williams, England
217: Lucas Legnani, Argentina
158: Dominic Barrett, England

Stuart Williams was eliminated in Round 2 of Step 4, which ended as follows:
475: Francois Lavoie, Canada
453: Lucas Legnani, Argentina
449: Stuart Williams, England

And finally Francois Lavoie became the winner of the tournament:
697: Francois Lavoie, Canada
656: Lucas Legnani, Argentina

The leadership of the women’s division of the tour was overtaken by Jenny Wegner from Sweden with 535 points, with the former tour leader, Daphne Tan from Singapore at position 2 with 450 points, and Sister Cajsa Wegner at position 3 with 405 points.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 504 points in front of Martin Larsen from Sweden with 419 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 400 points.

For Francois Lavoie it was his second highest ranked position in the men’s division, while Jenny Wegner in the women’s division was highest ranked for the 7th time in her career.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The ETBF Presidium has decided to award the hosting of the EBT Masters 2019 to Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

The EBT Masters 2019 will be conducted on Monday 8 July 2019, which is the day following the conclusion of the VII Brunswick Madrid Challenge, conducted in the same centre.

The EBT Masters 2019, which will be the 12th issue of the event, is the final of the European Bowling Tour 2018.

The 8 highest ranked women and the 8 highest ranked men by the conclusion of the European Bowling Tour 2018 are qualified for the EBT Masters 2019.

186 athletes had found their way to the Spanish Capital Madrid, where the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge was conducted on 1-9 July 2017.

50 athletes qualified to the final steps on Sunday 9 July, of which Step 1 included 30 athletes playing 4 games starting from scratch, Step 2 included 20 athletes playing 4 games starting from scratch and Step 3 included another 20 athletes playing 4 games starting from scratch.

The 10 highest ranked athletes from Step 3 continued, with their pins from Step 3, into Step 4, where they added the pin fall of another 4 games to a total pin fall of 8 games.

The standing after Step 4 became as follows:
1.
Markus Jansson, Sweden: 2014
2.
Francois Lavoie, Canada: 1963
3.
Francois Louw, South Africa: 1960
4.
Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela: 1945
5.
Thomas Larsen, Denmark: 1904
6.
Jo Allesbrook, England: 1877
7.
Carsten Hansen, Denmark: 1868
8.
Richard Teece, England: 1866
9.
Clement Dubus, Belgium: 1858
10.
Raul Jimenez, Spain: 1774

The tournament was concluded by the following three continent stepladder final:

Match 1
Francois Louw, South Africa: 214
Francois Lavoie, Canada: 226

Match 2
Markus Jansson, Sweden: 216
Francois Lavoie, Canada: 236

The women’s division of the tour is topped by Daphne Tan from Singapore with 450 points, followed by Jenny Wegner from Sweden with 335 points and with Cherie Tan and Jazreel Tan from Singapore at a shared 3rd position with 300 points each.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 488 points in front of Martin Larsen from Sweden with 339 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 280 points.

For Francois Lavoie it was his first highest ranked position and his first tour stop title, while Jo Allesbrook also got her first highest ranked position in the women’s division.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

As a consequence of a sponsorship agreement, the name of the tournament Lucky Larsen Masters is changed to Storm Lucky Larsen Masters.

The tournament will, as previously scheduled, be conducted on 13-27 August 2017 in Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmoe, Sweden.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

Paul Moor from England won the EBT Masters for the third time in his career, when he succeeded at the EBT Masters 2017 in Aalborg. The first two EBT Masters titles for Moor came in 2009 in Aalborg and again in 2015 in Madrid.

Joline Persson-Planefors from Sweden took her first EBT Masters title in the Women’s Division.

The EBT Masters 2017 is the 10th final of a European Bowling Tour. The competition was held in Lovvang Bowling Centre in Aalborg, Denmark on 29 May.

The format of the event included 12 qualification games, divided over 2 blocks of 6 games, followed by a 3 person’s stepladder final in each division.

The outcome of the matches became as follows:

Women Match 1
213: Bernice Lim, Singapore
247: Joline-Persson Planefors, Sweden

Women Match 2
185: Jenny Wegner, Sweden
188: Joline-Persson Planefors, Sweden

Men Match 1
167: Daniel Fransson, Sweden
198: Paul Moor, England

Men Match 2
204: Osku Palermaa, Finland
213: Paul Moor, England

Final standing women
1.
Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden
2.
Jenny Wegner, Sweden
3.
Bernice Lim, Singapore
4.
Ida Andersson, Sweden
5.
Birgit Pöppler, Germany
6.
Laura Beuthner, Germany
7.
Britt Bröndsted, Denmark
8.
Maxime de Rooij, Netherlands
9.
Jasmine Yeong Nathan, Singapore
10.
Martina Schütz, Germany
11.
Mika Guldbäk, Denmark
12.
Vanessa Timter, Germany

Final standing men
1. Paul Moor, England
2.
Osku Palermaa, Finland
3.
Daniel Fransson, Sweden
4.
Parker Bohn III, USA
5.
Christopher Sloan, Ireland
6.
Markus Jansson, Sweden
7.
Martin Larsen, Sweden
8.
Thomas Larsen, Denmark
9.
Pontus Andersson, Sweden
10.
Richard Teece, England
11.
Jesper Svensson, Sweden
12.
Mik Stampe, Denmark

Click here to see a completed list of results for the EBT Masters 2017

Mattias Wetterberg from Sweden took his first tour stop title, when he defeated 7 great top players in the final of Kegel Aalborg International 2017.

In the 3rd step of the final in Aalborg, 18 players were playing 6 games starting from scratch, while 8 players continued to step 4, playing another 4 games to determine the final standing over a total of 10 games.

The final standing became as follows:
1.
Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden: 2268 (1358+910)
2.
Richard Teece, England: 2175 (1286+889)
3.
Carsten W. Hansen, Denmark: 2136 (1281+855)
4.
Lars Höberg, Denmark: 2129 (1290+839)
5.
Thomas Larsen, Denmark: 2118 (1257+861)
6.
Jesper Svensson, Sweden: 2116 (1383+733)
7.
Timo Schröder, Germany: 2080 (1313+767)
8.
Michael Brändeskov, Denmark: 2077 (1257+820)

Top 3 of the women’s tour division is an all Singaporean affair, where Daphne Tan is leading with 450 points, followed by Cherie Tan with 300 points and Jazreel Tan with 300 points. Jenny Wegner is 4th with 285 points.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 440 points in front of Martin Larsen from Sweden with 339 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 250 points.

Jenny Wegner became the highest ranked women for the 6th time in her career, while Mattias Wetterberg became the highest ranked man for the 1st time in his career.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The program of the European Bowling Tour 2018 has been decided by the ETBF Presidium.

The EBT 2018, which is the 19th consecutive tour since the tour was organized for the first time in 2000, consists of 13 tournaments, conducted in 10 different member federations.

The 13 tournaments adopted in the tour are divided in 5 different categories as follows: 2 EBT Platinum, 2 EBT Gold, 3 EBT Silver, 3 EBT Bronze and 3 EBT Satellite tournaments.

The total prize fund in the EBT 2018 is 659.000 €; giving an average prize fund of 51.000 € per stop, which is the same average we have in 2017.

We are very pleased to be able to welcome the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 from Tilburg back in the tour after only one year’s absence. The tournament, which is organized by Luc Jansen, will be played in a completely re-build Dolfijn Bowling, which actually is under construction, but which will be ready in due time with 24 brand new lanes.

We are also welcoming one of the real classic tournaments in Europe, namely the 38th AIK International Tournament 2018 from Stockholm, which will appear in the tour program for the very first time. The tournament, which is organized by AIK Bowling and managed by Ian Robinson, will be played over 28 of Bowl-O-Rama’s 29 lanes.

Finally we are welcoming a new tournament in Italy, the Rome Open, which will be organized by the Italian Bowling Federation and managed by Riccardo Scquizzato. The tournament will be conducted in the 24 lane centre “Bowling Brunswick”, which previously has housed the tour stop Roma International in 2010 and 2011.

The organizer of the Dutch Scheveningen Open, which was included for the first time in the EBT 2017, has decided not to include the tournament in the 2018 program.

The highest ranked woman and the highest ranked man by the conclusion of the EBT 2018 will be awarded 1.000 € each.

The 8 highest ranked women and the 8 highest ranked men after the 13 stops are qualified for the 12th EBT Masters in 2019. The host centre of the EBT Masters 2019 will be published later.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.